Monday, February 11, 2019



Dutchess County to consider term limits

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Government is going to discuss term limits for the county legislature, county executive and county comptroller. The recommendations come as part of the proposed redesign of the code of ethics to include term limits.

The plan restricts terms to up to 12 years for county executive, county comptroller and county legislature. State law precludes term limits for sheriff, county clerk and district attorney.

The amended code would also require candidates for county-wide office to fill out a financial disclosure; prohibit elected officials from requesting political work from their employees; disclose outside income; strength the Board of Ethics’ powers and duties; and have a clear and concise process if a conflict exists.

“This new Code of Ethics and Financial Disclosure will guard against violations and shine a light on any potential conflicts of interest,” said legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver. “No one will be able to hide impropriety under this proposal.” He said “good government relies on fresh eyes and ideas (and that) term limits will increase citizen engagement in government.”

County Executive Marcus Molinaro said the county “has been committed to ensuring greater transparency, holding officials accountable and ensuring greater public participation.”

The reforms proposed “are a continuation of our efforts and a strong statement that we seek to hold ourselves to the highest standard.”

The county legislature will begin the discussion of the proposals at its next Government Services and Administration Committee meeting on March 7.



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